About Us

WHO WE ARE

The Malta Association of Physiotherapists is the sole voluntary organisation representing the physiotherapy profession in Malta and Gozo.

MISSION

To advance and expand the scope of physiotherapy for the benefit of the Maltese physiotherapy community, ultimately rendering an optimized circumstance for the care of the Maltese citizen. We aim to facilitate continuous professional development for our members, to support the legal framework within which we operate and to strengthen our networks and affiliations with International Associations and with local stakeholders.

History of MAP

1974

Founded and set up by Doreen Camilleri.

Between ’74 and ’92

The association acted mainly as a social group and point of access and reference for local physiotherapists.

Between ’89 and ’92

There was an ongoing discussion on the organisation of MAP. In ’92 the first official statute of the MAP was written, the association produced the first newsletter and a number of social activities were organised.

Between ’92 and ‘97

The MAP functioned primarily as an interest group for physiotherapists. Lectures were organised for on-going education purposes.

Between ’92 and ‘97

The MAP joined WCPT. The MAP continued to function primarily as an interest group for physiotherapists and lectures were organised for CPD purposes.

Between 2003 to 2007

Interest in MAP dwindles.

2014

MAP celebrates it’s 40 year anniversary.

2015

MAP committee members attend to general meeting and congress held in Singapore

2016

The new MAP Committee was elected for the next two years.

2017

The list of registered physiotherapists in Malta was published.

The Physiopedia plus platform was provided to each and every member as part of the yearly membership package.

Achievements and Highlights

1999

The MAP became a member of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT)

2000

A national conference on physiotherapy is organised titled ‘Physiotherapy Xpression’

The first course was organised: Brian Mulligan was brought from New Zealand to teach ‘Mobilisations with Movement’

2001

A leaflet was produced on physiotherapy and distributed widely

2002

First official internal talks on ‘Warrant’ 

2003

The MAP became a member of the European Region WCPT

2007

General acclaim by physiotherapists to revive MAP

A new committee is formed in March

MAP organised a national conference on rehabilitation in conjunction with MUMN
- MAP brought over a foreign lecturer from UK
- 220 participants

2008

MAP is a signatory and founding member of the

MAP is officially enrolled as a Voluntary Organisation under the VO Act.

MAP officials attend the ERWCPT General Meeting in Athens
- MAP President is nominated onto the EU Matters Working Group of ERWCPT and becomes the first Maltese official to be elected onto an international committee.
- MAP joins WCPT in the Movement for Health Campaign and produces a DVD on physiotherapy. This DVD is requested by many international partners.
- MAP facilitates the attendance to a Neuro-rehab conference for 10 members in Italy and coordinates the event

2009

MAP is affiliated to the MFPA (Malta Federation of Professional Associations)

MAP became a member of MEUSAC and started to apply for EU Funds

MAP organises 29 hours in CPD training for physiotherapists attended by  147 physios

MAP President starts a Consultation Process and in 6 months invites all physiotherapists in Malta to a meeting which eventually leads to the creation of this Task Force

MAP meets Royal Dutch Society for Physical Therapy (KNGF) in Amersfoort, the Netherlands

MAP meets Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in London

 

2007- 2010

MAP members endorse 4 Declarations of Principle

2008 - 2010

MAP starts discussions on Professional Indemnity Insurance for members and concludes a historic deal in March 2010. For the 1st time, MAP is able to offer PI to members.

2010

MAP applies for job training for members through the Leonardo da Vinci/Socrates program.

2015

The PI provider was changed and the better terms we secured for MAP members.

Documents were forwarded to the PM and PS for Health on the Development of Physiotherapy Services in Malta and Overcoming the Barriers hindering Physiotherapy Professional Development.

MAP participated at the GM meeting and the Congress of the WCPT that took place in Singapore. It was at this GM that Dr. John Xerri de Caro was appointed as the ER representative of the WCPT to the global Physiotherapy community. 

The MAP Journey, MAP’s strategic direction for the future, was discussed.

The MAP participated at the national conference on Obesity at which a MAP Position statement was forwarded.

The research study ‘Gauging the Incidence of Obesity of Maltese children’, a study that MAP undertook in collaboration with the Ministries of Education and Health was launched.

2016

MAP Working Group reports and recommendations for the term 2016-2018 were presente

MAP Committee election for the next two years was elected.

ER-WCPT videos to promote Physical Activity (with MAP logo) were launched. 

The MAP participated at the President’s Forum on the Wellbeing of Society including attending the Wellbeing and Retirement Conference.

The MAP attended the GM ER-WCPT in Cyprus

A Joint Press release with MAM re the MOU signed between ER-WCPT and European Doctors was published.

MAP attended the SIP conference representing MHN and MAP’s endorsement of SIP as the EU platform on Pain.

2017

The policy documents (CPD document; Revision of the Declaration of Principles on Continuous Professional Development by the MAP Education Working Group & Ethics) were developed by the MAP working groups 

MAP as the Professional Body legally representing the Physiotherapy Profession in MALTA was directly involved in the process called for by the Minister of Health to develop Post graduate Specialist Training Frameworks for Specialist registration.

The list of registered physiotherapists in Malta was published.

The MAP was represented at the closing conference of the Single Market Forum for 2016/2017, which was held under the auspices of the EU Presidency. At this event we were lucky to welcome to Malta, Mr Roland Craps (Vice Chair of ER-WCPT) who formed part of the panel of discussion on the European Professional Card.

The MAP was represented in the CEPLIS meeting on the European Commission Package of Services also held under the auspices of the EU Presidency.

Active participation in the SIP Symposium held in Malta as part of the EU Presidency (with a presentation on the role of the Physiotherapist in Pain Management and reporting at the Pre-Symposium session). At this conference, MAP reaffirmed its continued endorsement of SIP as the EU platform on Pain. MAP was also representing the ER-WCPT Professional Issues Working Group at this symposium.

MAP’s representation on the MFPA and MHN.

KNOWLEDGE / Education 

The Physiopedia plus platform was provided to each and every member as part of the yearly membership package.

Membership to WCPT network of Private Practitioners, IPPTA

Awareness Campaigns: This year's World Physiotherapy Day promoting Exercise and Physical Activity at Valletta

The Executive Committee

MARIA-LOUISA BUSUTTIL
President
MARIA-LOUISA BUSUTTIL
DANIEL CASINGENA
Senior Vice-President
DANIEL CASINGENA
ROBERT MALLIA
Continuous Professional Development Co-ordinator
ROBERT MALLIA
RANDALL DEBATTISTA
Communications Co-ordinator
RANDALL DEBATTISTA

Document Downloads

Standards Of Practice
Professional Autonomy
MAP Specialisation
MAP Statute November 2016
Code Of Practice Physiotherapy
MAP Privacy Policy
MAP CPD Guidelines
MAP Code of Ethics
Press Release AGM 2018